Spiders of Ohio
Do spiders intrigue and fascinate you, or do they sometimes even startle you? Come learn more about spiders at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Sept. 13 at 2 p.m.
Barb Natterer, of the Ohio Spider Survey, will share information about spider natural history, as well as how to identify some of the more common spiders found in Ohio. She will also dispel some common spider myths.
After the short talk, participants will head outside to find spiders and use their new identification skills. The program, which is free and open to the public, is part of the "Naturally Speaking" seminar series held in partnership with the Black Swamp Bird Observatory.
For more information about this or other Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge events, visit www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa.
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo on SR 2.
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Maintenance Department will be flushing and testing fire hydrants Sept. 14-Oct. 14.
Testing will be performed on all hydrants east of the City of Perrysburg corporation limits to the I-280 expressway in Lake Township. The area affected will be Ampoint Industrial Park, Owens Community College, Village of Walbridge, Moline and Ohio Turnpike Exit 5 Interchange, as well as subdivisions such as Starbright, Lakemont, etc.
Testing will be conducted Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. During testing, residents may experience rusty water and should run taps before using water for laundry purposes. The district offers rust-removing chemicals to residents who may have inadvertently done laundry during or after testing was conducted.
Call 419-354-9090 or 1-877-354-9090 to obtain chemicals or more information.
Good Old Days
Faith United Methodist Church, located at Starr and Coy in Oregon, will hold a Good Ol’ Days Family Festival Sept. 19 from 3 to 7 p.m.
The festival will focus on bringing back family fun, activities and events from the turn of the century (1890 to 1910). Kids can drive a ¼-scale Model-T and make their own cornhusk dolls and wooden hand toys. There will also be races and games, model rocket launching, board games, photos being taken in period surroundings,
Stage entertainers, including bluegrass singers, a youth band, square dancers and more, will perform throughout the festival.
Cake Walks will give every entrant a chance to win a homemade cake or pie. Assorted food, including Coney dogs and pizza, cotton candy and root beer floats will be available to enjoy at affordable prices.
In addition, vendors will be offering handmade wares, and a silent auction will be held for various items. Each gust will receive a couple of free tickets, usable for all events and activities.
Profits raised will be divided among four mission projects – Food-for-Thought (Oregon Food Pantry), The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Jasin Mihlbauer’s mission to Kazakhstan and Open Door Ministries for training of missionaries in Guatemala and Kenya.
For more information, call Faith UMC Pastor Doug Dean at 419-698-1119.
The Choraliers of Oregon, are accepting auditions for tenor and bass voices.
The group, which began as the Velvetone Choraliers 55 years ago, will start rehearsals for the 2009-2010 season Sept. 14 at 6:45 p.m. at Fassett Middle School in Oregon.
For more information, call Kay Karrick at 419-693-1862.
WSOS board actions
Grant proposals for an afterschool program, to develop career pathways for dislocated workers, for social activities for senior citizens, for homeless prevention assistance, the Sandusky River Watershed Coalition, and for tree-planting conservation all received approval Tuesday from the board of directors of WSOS Community Action Commission.
One proposal approved is the formal application of a $1,055,000 grant allocated to WSOS earlier this year for homeless prevention/rapid re-housing in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties. This funding is expected to be available Oct. 1 to provide 409 income-eligible household in need of rental or utility assistance or deposits, moving costs, hotel/motel vouchers, assistance with housing placement, and legal and credit repair services. While WSOS will provide the services in three of the counties, the Ottawa County Transitional Housing Inc. (OCTHI) will provide the services in Ottawa County.
A $3.5 million proposal to the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, will create and develop career pathways for low-income, underemployed and dislocated workers in a 14-county area of Ohio. The proposal will target 800 participants in the region of Northern and Central Ohio heavily impacted by the job losses in the auto industry. It is intended to retrain and place participants in the alternative energy sectors of employment. WSOS, which will serve as the fiscal and administrative entity for the program, will partner with 11 educational institutions to provide the services.
Another $300,000 request from the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Community Services, also will be used to provide 400 eligible dislocated workers with opportunities for employment or to enhance their job skills through a peer-to-peer community support program.
WSOS is also applying for a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Sandusky, Ottawa, and Seneca Counties Soil and Water Conservation District. The goal of the program, which will be implemented by the WSOS AmeriCorps members, is to expand the tree-planting conservation efforts, which reduces soil erosion, protects crops from wind damage, and enhances wildlife habitats in the three-county area.
The Sandusky River Watershed Coalition also is applying for two grants totaling $28,500. A request for $15,000 will be made to Tiffin Charitable Foundation. These funds will be used as challenge or matching funds of $1 for every $2 of pledged funding from the Seneca County Fertilizer Dealerships and Water Supply Providers within the watershed coalition. Another $13,500 will be in contracts with the health departments of Seneca, Sandusky, and Wood counties for the repair and/or replacement of 27 home sewage treatment systems. The funding for the sewage replacement program comes from the American Recovery and Re-investment Act (ARRA).
More ARRA funds in the amount of $72,977 through the Northwestern Ohio Area Office on Aging will be used to provide socialization opportunities for senior citizens in Sandusky County. WSOS Senior Services department will use the funds for such opportunities as a dinner theater, senior prom, the senior citizens Hall of Fame and other activities still being planned.
In other business, the board:
• Approved applications for the re-funding of seven other programs currently being operated by the organization.
• Seated a new Sandusky County board member, Vickie Willey, who replaced Ralph Chisholm who resigned earlier this year.
• Learned of a planned gift of $30,000 made to the organization by a Fremont resident who died in 2008.
For more information on any of WSOS services, call 1-800-775-9767 or visit www.wsos.org. The board of directors meets the second Tuesday of each month at 109 S. Front St., Fremont.